Amy this is great news! Let us know how it goes with the student. Regular lessons with someone other than you can only be of help! I also forgot to mention to you (you may already know) that there is a Facebook group called "English-speaking Mums in Paris - Nanny search". It's fairly new but I see there are both candidates and families posting requests - not just for full-time care, but also for occasional babysitting - and not just in Paris but also in the "suburbs". So it might also be worth you signing up to that just in case.
What will your daughter be doing on Wednesday afternoons now - do you work then? Or is she taken care of by the same person who takes care of your little one on those days? Today is the second Wednesday that my daughter will be picked up after school by the agency nanny (also a student - from Argentina). I spent some time with them last week to help get her settled, and it went very well: my daughter liked her very much ("es mi amiga!") and the nanny was very sweet with her and gently oriented her towards using vocabulary and expressing herself without being too "teacherly" or correcting grammatical errors directly. Very much the play-based approach that they advised in the British Council course! Of course, it helped that it was Spanish, so my daughter had been looking very much forward to it (the adaptation to school has not been easy...cries every morning and asking me "when does Spanish school start?". Poor little thing!).
Lastly, that's wonderful about the English-speaking child in your daughter's class! I'm willing to bet that her parents will also be keen for them to become friends and speak in English together, so don't hesitate to approach them and suggest play-dates!
The interview went great (I was so nervous!) and the first class is scheduled for this Wednesday!! The student and my daughter seemed to get on well.
Like a lot of French Mums, I recently started working PT (Wednesdays off. What we call 4/5èmes) to spend Wednesdays with my eldest to increase her time in our ml home and have her have ml2 classes.
Don't worry too much about your daughter, my parents told me that at the beginning I cried every night coming home from my British school, begging to go back to France. I survived it, completely forgot about it and wasn't traumatised whatsoever (and ever so grateful to my parents!).
I did hear of the group but haven't looked into it yet (we never had the need to use a nanny yet ). Just sent a request.
For the little English-speaking classmate, I'll see if I can arrange something. Mother overheard me but hasn't approached us yet. In general, people here seem to keep to themselves. (Though I can speak, I'm very shy )
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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9